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May 3, 2012 12:30am PDT
with the run-up regarding chen guangcheng, who has saw refuge at the u.s. embassy. >> the united states raises the importance of human rights and fundamental freedoms. we believe all governments do have to answer to citizens aspirations for dignity and the rule of law. no nation can or should deny those rights. as president obama said this week, a china that protect the rights of all the citizens will be a stronger and more prosperous nation. of course, a stronger partner on behalf of our common goals. >> i think in many ways, it probably will. yesterday, we had a deal between china and america of trying to put that case behind them. there are new damaging details and they keep emerging. the case will overshadow these talks. certainly, if american diplomats will come under pressure over this issue. we just heard from the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, she did not specifically mention his case, but she said that china could not deny the aspirations of its citizens. >> martin, we know has -- we know he has told the reuters news agency that he wants to leave for the united states instea
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May 21, 2012 6:00pm PDT
and pakistan and the united states and pakistan over the last several months. >> the war may not really end. only the commodified in will be done by afghan forces. -- only the fighting will be done by afghan forces. nato wants to make sure that when they stand up, they do not stand alone. >> the message to the afghan people is that we will not desert them. and a message to the insurgency is equally clear. you cannot win on the battlefield. you should stop fighting and start talking. >> this does mark a milestone, but the journey is far from over. nato will play a supporting role in afghanistan, even as it declares the war is over. and corrects a suicide bomber in yemen has killed at least 96 people, most of them soldiers, and injured hundreds more. al qaeda says it is behind the attacks. frank gardner reports. >> some salt -- some thought it was at first a ceremonial cannon. but it was a lone suicide bomber to week hot carnage in the heart of the yemeni capital. -- to wreak carnage in the heart of the yemeni capital. it was at of tomorrow's planned parade to celebrate the country's unity. t
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May 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
a broad. it's a move that could end a diplomatic crisis with the united states. and final campaign rallies are underway in france ahead of sunday's presidential elections. opinion polls show that nicolas sarkozy and francois hollande as close as they've ever been. now i've been joined in the studio by rachel, bringing us the business news. one of the top stories you're looking at, rachel, is facebook and that initial public offering, i.p.o., what he wants the latest thinking on that? >> so this book is 8 years old, 900 million users worldwide, and thee decided now is the time to float on the markets. everybody's talking about t. the big question is will people want to invest in it? one of the things is the founder, mark zuckerberg. he's almost 60% control of boasting rights. as recently as last month, he agreed to buy the photo sharing site for a pillion dollars, and told the board about it afterwards. so earlier, i spoke to stewart mills and asked how he thinks mr. zuckerberg will answer to shareholders. >> when the board and shareholders start coming in and saying, look, we own this comp
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Apr 30, 2012 6:00pm PDT
terrorist attacks on the united states and to save american lives, the united states government conducts targeted strikes against specific al qaeda terrorists sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft of on referred to publicly as drones. >> the president's counterterrorism adviser then offered a legal and ethical justification for drone strikes. he said al qaeda had attacked america on 9/11 and that the u.s. had the right to strike back at enemies on and off the battlefield. translator: there is nothing in international law that bans the use of a remotely plolted aircraft for this purpose or prohibited us from using lethal force against our enemies outside of an active battlefield. at least when the country involved can sense or is unable or unwilling to take action against the threat. >> that would cover yemen, far from the battlefields of afghanistan, where last year a u.s. drone strike killed the militant cleric. he was an american citizen with the administration insists his actions were lawful. >> i speak out on behalf of abdul rahman -- >> others strongly disagree and for a time a
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May 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
but to come to the united states for safety. >> do you think that is going to happen? he is saying that china has reneged on its promise to look after him to maintain his safety? does he have a chance to come to the united states? >> i think there is a little opening, a little crack with respect to the state department. they have softened up understand over the last couple of days. they are saying that even if he might have originally said he wanted to stay in china, now he says he wants to come to america, and they are acknowledging that he has changed his position. my hope is that they will change his position. the fact that he is not in the embassy anymore complicates matters. but the united states, having botched the situation, there will be less repercussions from trying to get him out of the hospital and back into the embassy and into the united states than simply abandoning him at this juncture. >> good to talk to you. thank you very much. >> it was responding to a resolution from the un security council threatening sanctions against both countries unless the cross border violence and
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May 7, 2012 6:00pm PDT
:00 in the morning in singapore. >> 2:00 in london. welcome to newsday. officials of the united states say they and their allies have disrupted a plot to bomb an airliner. it was to be carried out around the anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. it was used in a failed attack over detroit in 2009. good >> this is a remnant of the underwear from design to blow up an airplane over detroit on christmas day, 2009. it failed to detonate fully. officials say a more sophisticated bomb was to be used in the latest hot, and this is what would have happened if gone off sabihad properly. it is not confirm if the latest on contains the same explosives. it is being examined by the fbi. the defense secretary giveaway few details about the case. >> i do not comment on specific classified operations other than to say the united states engages in a number of operations to go after all kinda -- al qaeda and their militant allies. this country needs to remain vigilant against those who would seek to attack this country, and we will do everything necessary to keep this country saves. >> it is not cle
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May 17, 2012 12:30am PDT
or the united states. mexico has lost one of its most important than one of its most critical voices. with the current difficulties in the country, many feel his loss will be keenly felt. >> two patients who have been paralyzed from the neck down have been allowed to use robotics that brings electrical signals into command. an engineer involved with the project ran us through how it worked. this sensor, it says 96 tiny electrodes on this platform. this is tapped into the top of the brain to a part of the brain called the motor cortex. it is very important for the voluntary control of the arm and hand. the motor cortex is disconnected from the rest of the body in such diseases and disorders such as stroke or spinal cord injury. so we take this sensor, which is resting in the motor cortex for each of these electrodes can record neural signals, brain cell activity associated with the intended movement of the hand. we then record those neural signals. it goes down through some fine wires to in the pedestal for a slug that sits on top of the head. during the research session, there's a ca
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May 18, 2012 6:00pm PDT
leaders are beginning their talking in the united states, talks that will be dominated by the crisis in the euro zone. they are expected to discuss, iran, north korea and syria. president obama and the new french president made it clear they want to see a growth not on austerity. >> just a week in the job and the new president is in the eye of the storm being sized up in the white house and when it comes to european economy, at least president obama might have found himself a new friend. both want to stimulate a new european debate on the need for economic growth. >> we're looking forward to a fruitful discussion later this evening and tomorrow with the other g-8 leaders about how question manage a responsible approach to fiscal consolidation that is coupled with a strong growth agenda. >> he said what happened to the euro zone was an extraordinary importance to the whole world and the french president added they both had a message to the people of greece. >> on the greek, the euro zone situation, we share the same views that greece must stay in the euro zone and that all oufs must m
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May 29, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. and this was their ambassador in spain after being told to get out. britain and the united states were among others ordering ambassador's home. >> this is part of our tightening of pressure. >> their top diplomat and two others said the embassy at london have been given seven days to leave the -- to leave britain. is designed to send a strong signal to president assad that he must now get behind kofi annan's peace plan. >> annan urged him to start dialogue. assad denied having anything to do with the deaths. it did not look like a meeting of the minds. >> we are at a tipping point. the syrian people did not want their future to be one of bloodshed and division. yet the killings continue. the abuses are still with us today. >> if the massacre is a tipping point, it could be to greater violence. syria opposed the regime has always calculated their survival depends on overwhelming force, not on dialogue. >> the death toll from the latest earthquake to hit northern italy has risen to 16. what more can you tell us? >> the epicenter was close to where a similar quake struck nine days earlier. a factory and wareho
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May 25, 2012 5:00am EDT
that support will be. >> andrew north in kabul. a senate committee in the united states has cut aid to pakistan by $33 million a year. it's in response to the pakistani doctor who helped the c.i.a. track down osama bin laden. dr. afridi was sentenced to prison for helping the u.s. locate the al qaeda leader in abbottabad. the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, denounced his imprisonment. >> the united states does not believe there is any basis for whoileding dr. afridi. we regret both the fact that he was convicted and the severity of his sentence. his help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world's most notorious murderers that was clearly in pakistan's interest, as was ours and the rest of the world. this action by dr. afridi to help bring about the end of the reign of terror designed and executed by bin laden was not in any way a betrayal of pakistan, and we have made that very well known, and we will continue to press it with the government of pakistan. >> the bbc's aleem mack bull has been speaking to me from islamabad with the latest. >> 20 days after osama bin
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May 8, 2012 6:00pm PDT
in america and around the world. welcome to newsday. reports from the united states say the man at the heart of the latest underwear bomb plot, which the u.s. and its allies say they foiled, was a double agent. u.s. officials are quoted as saying the attacker was working for the cia and saudi intelligence when he was given the bomb. he then passed the device to the americans. the washington correspondents give us more details. >> the would-be bomber, according to reports in u.s. media citing american officials, was a double agent. the way this is described is that the saudi intelligence agency recruited this man, sent him to yemen with the task of convincing al qaeda in the arabian peninsula that he was prepared to blow up himself and a u.s.-bound aircraft. he won the terror cell's trust, and they gave him this device to take with him to blow up a plane. but instead he took the underwear bomb, which is what the officials say it was, to a third country. then it passes immediately into the hands of the cia. >> officials are describing this as a custom-fit device, more complicated and sophistic
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May 19, 2012 12:30am PDT
leaders are beginning talks and the united states, likely to be dominated by the crisis and the eurozone. they're also expected to discuss iran, north korea, and syria. president obama and the new french president had their first meeting, making it clear that they wanted to see a focus on growth rather than austerity. >> just a week in the job and the demand is at the eye of the storm, being sized up at the white house. when it comes to the european economy at least, president obama may have found himself a new friend. there are both men of the center-left, both want to stimulate a new european debate on the need for economic growth. >> we are looking forward to a fruitful discussion later this evening and tomorrow with the other g-eight leaders about how we can manage irresponsible approach to fiscal consolidation -- how we can manage a responsible approach to fiscal consolidation coupled with a strong growth agenda. >> he said what happened to the result was of extraordinary importance to the whole world and the french president also said they had a message to the people of greece. >>
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May 24, 2012 12:30am PDT
who helped the united states track down osama bin laden is jailed for 30 years. it is 11:00 in singapore. >> it is 4:00 in london. broadcasting to viewers on pbs in america and around the world. hello and welcome. european union leaders say they have focused and from discussions on the crisis in the euro zone. there is said to be agreement over the need for economic growth. the eu leaders also said they want greece to remain in the euro zone, but to respect its commitments. >> we want greece to remain in the euro area while respecting its commitments. we are fully aware of the significant efforts already made by the greek citizens. >> the euro zone has shown considerable solidarity, having worked with the imf, up 150 billion euros in support of greece since 2010. >> the main message of agreement that seems to have come out of this informal gathering is relatively uncontroversial. it is not about a choice between bringing down government debts and deficits or growth on the other, it is about both of them happening together. it is a recognition from many people, including d
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May 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
there was a deal between china and the united states, allowing chen guangcheng tuesday in the country in safety. mr. chen says he fears for his family. the china break the deal, or was america too keen to be rid of an embarrassing problem? martin patience, what is the latest? >> this is a remarkable story that keeps developing. earlier, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton was speaking about human rights. then we hear from the man who is dominating this. at a beijing hospital, this is the man at the center of an extraordinary diplomatic dispute. chen guangcheng angered china's showing thatafter exploitin thousands of women were forced to have abortions. he took refuge at the u.s. embassy, triggering a diplomatic standoff. chen guangcheng would stay in china, his safety guaranteed. he was accompanied to the hospital by the american ambassador, who approved of the deal. now the activist has changed his mind, fearing for the safety of his family. he wants to go to america. >> i am zeinab badawi. [speaking foreign language] >> i feel very unsafe. my rights and safety cannot be assured here. >> his c
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May 30, 2012 12:30am PDT
. is that the problem? >> there are divisions. there is a race for the united states senate in texas replacing one of the moderate republicans. it looks like we may have a runoff between the person who is considered more moderate, the lieutenant governor of texas, and someone with tea party support. you do see some of those divisions still evident within the republican party, even if they are uniting behind being against barack obama. >> ron paul, what of him? >> this is the end of his delegates gathering. he is gone to focus on several small states that have state convention. he will go to the convention with about 200 people in hand. it is enough to give them a voice, but not to control anything. >> i think we can now -- describing how history is being made with mitt romney's nomination. >> he -- this is an historic moment. mitt romney has become the first mormon nominee of a major party. mitt romney is the first mormon, running against the first african american president. it is a moment to mark, a symbolic. in other ways, it is just business as usual. mitt romney did not go to texas today. he
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May 1, 2012 12:30am PDT
and in order to prevent terrorist attacks on the united states, and to save american lives, the united states government conducts targeted strikes against specific al qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely-piloted aircraft, often refuse to publicly as drones. >> the president counter- terrorism adviser then offered a legal and ethical justification for drone strikes. >> there is nothing in international law that bans the use of remotely-piloted aircraft for this purpose or that prohibits us from using legal force against our enemies outside of an active battlefield. at least, when a country involved can sense or is unable or unwilling to take action against the threat. >> that would cover yemen, far from the battlefields of afghanistan, where last year a drug strike killed a militant cleric. he was an american citizen. the administration insists its actions were lawful. >> i speak out on behalf of -- >> and others strongly disagree. the speech was interrupted by a protester who said the administration should apologize for the deaths of innocent civilians in drawn strikes. >> on behalf of
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May 8, 2012 12:30am PDT
that the united states in gauges in a number of operations to go after al qaeda and other militant allies. what this incident makes clear is that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those that would seek to attack this country. we will do everything necessary to keep america safe. >> it is not clear whether the bomb would have been detected by airport security. it does not contain metal, so conventional detectors would not have picked it up. the question is whether the new body scanners in many world airports would have discovered it. the plot was the work of an al qaeda affiliate in yemen. but u.s. authorities have not made public the identity or the whereabouts of the would-be bomber. officials say new targets had been chosen and no plane tickets bought. by the time the plot was foiled by americans and other unnamed intelligence agencies. bbc news. >> our washington correspondent says the device is currently in u.s. custody. the fbi are examining it at their forensic headquarters in virginia. and they will be looking to see if it does carry some hallmarks of the bonds -- b
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May 16, 2012 6:00pm PDT
it will not give in and will raise up to $700 million in revenue. two patients in the united states who are paralyzed are able to control a robotic arm using their thoughts. it allowed them to work unaided. it links a sensor implanted in the brain to a computer that can turn electrical signals and to commence. -- into commands. >> you are watching something remarkable. she is controlling a robotic arm with her thoughts. it is linked to a sensor in her brain. paralyzed from the neck down, this is the first time in nearly 15 years she has served herself a drink. [applause] she cannot talk, but was able to communicate this message -- i could not believe my eyes. i was ecstatic. i had feelings of hope and a great sense of independence. the key to the technology is this tiny sensor. it is implanted on the surface of the brain in an area known as the motor cortex. when the patient think about moving their arms, neurons are activated and electrical signals are picked up by the center and sent to a computer, which turns them into commands. due to what those signals from the brain look like? the
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May 17, 2012 6:00pm PDT
agreement. there have been several other agreements. the united states has increased its involvement in the region. having said that, it is pretty clear, this is an attempt to contain china's military buildup. >> what does this say about australia's ties with north asia? >> this is an interesting question. china is australia's major trading partner. it is also china's major trading partner. the austin economy has changed -- australian economy has changed dramatically. it is very much in here. it is involved in massive changes in the economy and strength of society, shifting of wealth to the west and the north, the rise of the mining economy, and domestic debates about the direction of economic growth and to is to benefit from it. >> as you say, china is australia's biggest trading partner, could australia look to signed similar pacts with china? >> australia is part of the u.s. system of treaties. so is japan and south korea. australia has been an ally of the net is states for 60 years. -- of the united states for 60 years. these other countries are developing a cooperation. china is
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May 14, 2012 7:00am EDT
. that comes from the united states geological survey. the first tremor apparently occurred at 10:00 gmt in peru at a depth of nearly 14 miles. we will monitor that and bring you anything more we have on it through this program and through the day on "bbc world news." now to some of the other stories making headlines around the world. more survivors of anders breivik have come face to face with him in court in oslo today. among them, a 21-year-old woman who was shot in the arm as she fled across the camp site on the island during last summer's massacre. i am joined by lars bevanger. it sounds like there has been hurt wrenching testimony from survivors. >> we have just heard the testimony from an 18-year-old boy who was able to avoid anders breivik's bullet. he fled with his best friend. this witness described in court how he had to watch his friend die. we also heard from other very young people who were shot but managed to escape by swimming off the island. one swa 6m hundred meters to the mainland before she was in safety -- swam 600 meters to the mainland. >> one of the witnesses aske
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May 30, 2012 7:00am EDT
of the united states. >> since he launched his run in new hampshire, it has been a year-long of bruising campaign. tough challenges from more conservative candidates. but it is the former governor of massachusetts who failed in his bid four years ago, who came out on top. in the process, he made history. becoming the first mormon nominee of a major party. his father, george romney, ran unsuccessfully for the republican nomination in 1968. while texas voted, mr. romney spent the day campaigning in colorado and nevada, a key swing states that could decide november postelection. he kept the attack on president obama's handling of the economy. >> he has been a big disappointment, hasn't he? >> later he attended a private fund raising in las vegas with billionaire tycoon donald trump. earlier he had repeated discredit claims that president obama then not have been born in america. the obama campaign quickly pounced on mr. romney for not disavowing donald trump. mr. romney would only say he believes his arrival was born in the u.s. with opinion polls showing romney and obama neck and neck, thi
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May 2, 2012 5:00am EDT
afterwards neither the united states nor china commented on the case, so we didn't know for sure. then about an hour or so ago the militants and chinese confirmed chen had left the u.s. ambassador, as you indicated there. the chst say he left of his own have a license. and his wife and children have arrived in beijing and are in the hospital with him. the ultimate fate of this activist and his family, we don't know at the moment. but it seems some kind of arrangement has been made between china and the united states about what's going to happen to him. >> for more on this, let's speak to dr. willy lam. from the chinese university. of hong kong. what does it appear happens to -- what happens here? and what safe guard forms chen now? >> well, it's quite possible chen guangcheng was offered the possibility of leaving china for the u.s. to seek medical treatment. however, he has said he wishes to remain in china to serve its people. for time being, i believe he will be returned to his village and the 24-hour surveillance by the chinese. it's quite possible the u.s. authorities will be criticized
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May 22, 2012 5:00am EDT
in five in europe looking for work. it's a situation for which the united states is not immune. >> we have to make sure that there is a growth strategy to go alongside the need for fiscal discipline. as well as a monetary policy that is promoting the capacity of countries like a spain or italy that have put in place some very tough targets and policies to also offer their constituencies a prospect for improvement. >> the president sounds pragmatic, but there's little he can do to predict which mantra wins, growth or austerity. >> let's go live to steve, our correspondent in berlin. looking at these oecd forecasters, the diverging trends between the euro and the u.s. has been stuck on growth. i mean, how much pressure is angela merkel now to change tactics? >> she's from immense pressure from president obama, from francois and in germany she's under pressure, but the other way. the sense is the opinion in germany is hardening against bailouts and the euro. if you look at tabloids in germany, an immensely popular tabloid paper says "europe doesn't need the euro." but the important thing is
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May 9, 2012 12:30am PDT
and around the world. reports in the united states say that the man at the heart of the latest underwear bomb plot that they say that they spoiled they say is a double agent. he was working for the cia intelligence when he was given the bomb. >> the would-be bomber, citing american officials, the bomber was a double agents. the saudi intelligence agency. they gave him this device to take with him to blow up the plane. he took the underwear bomb. >> this is more complicated and sophisticated than previously thought. >> the young nigerian man tried to block himself up on christmas day, 2009. he failed. this device is described as an upgrade of that bomb. this has two forms of debt nation. this is a custom fit device. even if somebody was subjected to a detailed security pat down, it would be very difficult to detect this device. it is being described as being very sophisticated. >> the united nations special envoy is warning that the current peace plan to syria may be the last chance to avoid civil war. the prime minister says that he has lost hope that it will work. the envoy must be deployed
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May 11, 2012 12:30am PDT
of frustration in the united states, but these details are of defense and earlyier secretary leon panetta explained how much damage to the details can do to the work of security services. >> i have to tell you those kinds of leaks are very harmful to the efforts of the intelligence community of. we have to get individual but can work with us, and to be able to do that effectively, you have to be able to protect those people, and you have to protect the covert nature of this kind of work, and when these leaks take place, i cannot tell you how much they damage our ability to pursue a intelligence efforts, so i am in favor of a thorough investigation, and i a understand the director will do that. >> the officials are saying very little if any thing in terms of confirming or denying the substance of these leaks, but it will make it more difficult for them to plan operations like this in the future, and we have seen this thing the same pattern as an attempted bombing in detroit in 2009, so as the defense secretary said, making public the details is not necessarily very helpful, so they will be
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May 14, 2012 5:00am EDT
the lucrative drug route north to the united states. in 2006, the army was deployed to tackle them. six years later, more than 50,000 people have lost their lives in drug-related violence, 13,000 last year alone. the presidential election here in mexico is just a few weeks away. atop the list of both priorities is security. this shocking event in monterrey made clear whoever wins in july's vote is going to have a very tough time in bringing peace back to the country. will grant, bbc news, mexico city. >> for years, a refugee from yugoslavia mopped floors, cleaned toilets, and took out rubbish at a university in the united states. but after 12 years of studying, the 52-year-old janitor has donned a cap and gown to graduate with a bachelor's degree in classics. as a colombia university employee, he didn't have to pay for the classes he took. this is "bbc world news." i'm geeta guru-murthy. the headlines -- it looks increasingly unlikely that greece will be able to form a new coalition after the radical left party, syriza, rules out taking part. as the trial of anders breivik enters its fourth w
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May 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. and calling to be taken back to the united states. this is to show you, these are live pictures from beijing. these are annual and very high profile talks, today talks -- two-day talks where hillary clinton is present. other issues like syria and iran. the situation with chen guangcheng is overshadowing the talks. >> the european space agency esa has approved an exploration and to the moon of jupiter. a kraft should arrive at jupiter -- craft should arrive at jupiter in 2013. here is our science correspondent. >> the month of jupiter, some encrusted in ice. others fiery and volcanic. they're among the most fascinating of world but they remind -- remain largely unexplored. some of these motions are the destination of the next space mission. >> is an exciting process -- is an exciting prospect. these moons have water under their cross. >> nasa has led the way but because of budget cuts, the americans have to scrap many of its missions. european nations are still prepared to fund research to see whether life could exist elsewhere. jupiter is much further from the sun than the earth. the sun's r
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May 5, 2012 12:30am PDT
and united states and elsewhere, if the market is there, it is difficult to stop this through violence alone. but this is a long-term project. it is not just about fighting the cartels, but trying to build greater capacity in the justice in the -- in the justice system. >> still ahead, campaign comes to an end in france. orl it be sarkozy's again hollande. german doctors recalled to the ukraine to treat former leader. she was convicted last year of abuse of office and has been insisting on treatment. she says that she has been beaten in prison. the french court has sentenced a nigerian-born nuclear physicist for his part in planning terrorism with the north african wing of al qaeda. the corpses of 100 pelicans have been removed from the northern coast of perry appeared around 1200 pelicans and 900 dolphins among other animals have been reported to have done along the coastline curved the investigation will be carried out by peruvian officials. this is bbc news. these are the headlines. london has reelected forced johnson as its mayor for the next four years. and curfews and forced after a da
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May 10, 2012 6:00pm PDT
of some of british passport. there seems to be a good deal of frustration and the united states that these these shows are emerging, and defense secretary leon panetta spoke of briefing before reporters at the pentagon explaining how much damage to the details leaking out can do to the work of securities services. >> of the former director of the cia, i have to tell you those kinds of leaks are very harmful to the intelligence community. our effort has been to try to get individuals who can provide intelligence to work with us, and to be able to do that effectively, you have to protect these people, and you have to protect the confidence and classification and covert nation of this kind of work, and when these leaks take place, i cannot tell you how much they damage our ability to be able to pursue intelligence efforts, so i am fully in favor of a thorough investigation of this matter, and i understand the director will do that. >> in public the officials are saying exactly what you would expect them to, and that is very little if anything in terms of confirming or denying the s
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May 14, 2012 6:00pm PDT
and elsewhere around the world. financial markets in europe and the united states have reacted with alarm to the crisis in greece and the stress it poses for the future of the euro zone. there is still no agreement from the new government in athens. with the possibility of new elections within a week, the future of the austerity program is in doubt. european finance ministers have reaffirmed their commitment of greece's remaining in the euro zone. there is a growing crisis and the likely response of the eu leaders. >> stock markets fell, the europe tumbled, on fears that greece would abandon the europe. others were drawn in. borrowing costs for spain neared dangerous levels. in athens, greek political leaders struggled for a ninth date to form a government. the deadlock could lead to new elections, where parties that oppose the terms of the greek bailout might increase their support. that would mean greece leading the euro, with incalculable consequences. there is speculation about the future of some countries in the euro zone, which i think is doing real damage across all european econom
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May 18, 2012 12:30am PDT
- called u.s.-san francisco system of treaties. so is south korea. australia has been an ally of the united states for about 60 years now. so has japan and south korea. now we can see that these other countries are developing close security cooperation between them. china is not part of that system. therefore, it seems to be somewhat confused. it is in a dilemma. it has to make a truce between its security relations and its economic relations -- a choice between its security relations and its economic relations. >> the torch is being flown to the u.k. before beginning a seven-week torch relay. the olympic torch will spend 70 days winding its way around the u.k. on its way to london for the start of the games. it begins its 12,000 colonic journey this sunday in a southwesterly english county. >> in this beautiful corner of england, you find an independent spirit and in particular way of doing things. it relies heavily on visitors for its income. has appropriations -- as preparations continue, it is very good news for the hotel owners. the locals will tell you that this is about more than jus
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May 22, 2012 12:30am PDT
there are content to is ins withaf and the united states and pakistan over the last several months. >> progress may not be free of blood shed. the war may not really end and the fighting will be done by afghan forces. nato wants to ensure that when they stand up, they will not stand alone. >> the message to the afghan people is we will not desert them. the message to the insurgency is equally clear. if he cannot win on the battlefield, you should stop fighting and start talking. >> the summit is intended to mark a milestone, but the journey is far from over. nato is planning a new supporting role in afghanistan even as it prepares to declare the war is over. >> a suicide bomber in yemen has killed at least 96 people, most of them soldiers, and injured hundreds more. al qaeda has said it was behind the attack and threatens more attacks unless the yemeni government stops its campaign against muslims. correspondent frank gardner reports. >> some thought at first it was a ceremonial cannon, but it was alone suicide bomber sent by al qaeda to wreak carnage in the heart of the yemeni capital. the trips w
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May 22, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. >> "american idol" combines this country's love the united states with its love for singing. even president aquino says he's rooting for jessica sanchez. while america waits with baits breath to see who has won, those in the philippines will be doing the same thing. >> now prince charles has taken to the deck, the deejay deck and was intensive for the highness and he visited a training center in canada. you see he learned how to spin records and do some mixing. this comes only a few days after prince harry was of course in the british press to be training as a reggae deejay, like father, like son. >> you've been watching "news day." >> stay with us. headlines on the way for you next. >> the source of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank. >> at union bank, our relationship managers use their expertise in global finance to guide you through the business strategies and opportunities of international commerce. we put our extended global network to work for a w
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May 24, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. they could find plenty of that here. bbc news, syria. >> a united states senate committee has cut aid to pakistan by $33 million a year in response to the jailing of a pakastani doctor who helped the cia track down osama bin ladin. he was sentenced to at least 32 years in prison for treason. secretary of state hillary clinton said his jailing was unjust and unwarranted. a meeting between iran and world powers has ended without agreement. the five members of the u.n. security council and germany have been trying to persuade iran to suspend its nuclear ambitions. in another round of talks will be held in moscow next month. polling stations have been closed in egypt after the first free presidential election there. if there is no clear winner, the leading candidates will have a runoff next month. the head of the vatican bank, ettore gotti tedeschi, has been sacked. the roman catholic church had a vote of no-confidence because he is under investigation for alleged money-laundering. there have been more are developments with chen guangcheng and his family. price that is right. the brother
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May 25, 2012 12:30am PDT
yorkers and the united states because it changed the way people began thinking about their parenting, how they look after their children. >> after he disappeared, missing children's pictures were put on milk cartons. he was one of the first to go on the milk carton. parents in cities not just in new york but elsewhere thought differently about how they would raise their children. no longer allowing them to walk to the bus stop as he was doing for the first time that day. no longer allowing them to walk to a friend's house. being escorted either by parents or family members. to even go short distances. >> you have more developments on cheng guangcheng and his family. >> they brother of the chinese plant activist is in the middle of a standoff. chen guangchang has said his relatives could face reprisals. i asked him what efforts were made to help his brother and nephews who are being detained in china. >> we are [unintelligible] the international support and pressing that chinese government's not to take the kind of revenge if cheng guangcheng is freed. right now, in the next few days, chen
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May 26, 2012 12:30am PDT
more of them. >> in the united states, a man has been charged with second- degree murder in the killing of a boy who went missing more than 30 years ago. pedro hernandez choked etan patz to death and dumped him in an alley. he disappeared on his way to school in 1979. his body has never been found. a reporter with the new york daily news explained that pedro hernandez appeared before a court by video link from hospital. >> he was arraigned today from his hospital bed as he was taken to the hospital earlier for medication for a pre-existing physical ailment. at that point, however, he started making statements about wanting to kill himself. he has been placed under a psychiatric suicide watch. he was arraigned from his bedside and charged with second- degree murder. >> his lawyer said he suffers from hallucinations, that he is not mentally stable. is that correct? would he have to have at -- would he have to have had a psychiatric evaluation for him to say that or can the lawyers say is anyway? >> there was some speculation before today that that was the case. his family has said he is b
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May 9, 2012 7:00am EDT
excessive inclinician vertical integration from japan. looking for example, united states and china where the growth has come back for a lot of hybrids. they're not being adamant about obsessively staying in japan but introducing other vehicles. so they're really trying to match the marketed needs and take advantage of this. >> let's stay with transport but of the flying kind. >> yeah. >> easy jets. they're recording some profits. >> they're bucking the trend. i talk about the trend because let's not kid ourselves. there's been a horrible winter for europe's airline industry. you've got much of the region still bogle down. and you've got the soaring costs of jet fuel that no airline likes. so much, two smaller airlines gone. hungary's national carriage is gone. and the hard work by management is paying off. 22.5 million people flew easy jets, that's up by around 2%. you combine that with management tightening control and that cost easy jets to post up smaller losses. >> oh, wow. that's a big chunk. that's still a lot of money but compared to this time with the loss of $230 million and eas
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May 10, 2012 7:00am EDT
banning gay marriage in the united states. steve kingstone has the latest from washington. >> there are few more divisive sites in america today than a same-sex wedding. for two years, president obama has failed to take a stance. now, barack obama has come out in support of gay marriage. >> for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> he told abc news he reached the decision after talking to his family. >> malia and sasha may have friends whose parents are in same-sex couples. michelle and i may have been sitting around the dinner table and talking about their friends and their parents, and malia and sasha, it would not dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. >> this is an important day for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in america. it is very important for our leaders to come out in support of our families, in support of our love, in support of who we are. this is one example of him doing that. >> his view has shifted in sync with p
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May 11, 2012 7:00am EDT
in the loss of $2 billion. >> yes. certainly the biggest bank in the united states and a big, embarrassing story for the bank with the reputation as being one of the better-managed and a bank that didn't need a bailout but last night j.p. morgan reported in the past two weeks it's lost $2 billion in risky trades. a nutshell the bank was basically hedging. taking out insurance against its own risks and got it wrong. in a late-night emergency conference call, the boss, jamie dimon blamed it on errors, sloppyness and bad judgment. you think? also embarrassing because he's been very vocal and against the new rules coming into the u.s. the volcker rules that are design topped prevent this from happening a bank using its own noun fleevepbt from happening. no doubt lit strengthen the talk for this. >> the most important thing about the j.p. morgan is in fact the global ramifications. we will see the g-8 countries looking at the american rule and saying maybe we should do it ourselves. up until the end of this year they were still able to trade out of the u.s. but as of the end of the year they wi
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May 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
-rights. >> a man in the garden section of his local wal-mart store in the united states reached out to brush off what he thought was a piece of mulch, but it sank its fangs into his hand. it was a highly venomous rattlesnake. a fellow shopper drove him to the hospital and where doctors treated him with six bags of antivenum. >> i turnaround and there was a rattlesnake. it latched on to me. i shook my hand twice before let go. >> a quick reminder of our top stories on gmt. francois hollande has taken up at the palace becoming the first socialist president of france in 17 years. he said he was aware of the challenges ahead, highlighting a weak economy and calls for a new way for europe. let's take you live to athens , because the president is meeting party leaders and is expected to go in favor of an emergency government of technocrats. this is the scene live outside the presidential palace in greece. they are trying to avert elections. thursday's deadline for calling the election could the parties on the left opposed to the left oppose the a -- austerity program. that's all for now. goodbye. >> m
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May 17, 2012 7:00am EDT
persuading, i think. >> thank you very much. thank you. for the first time in the united states, the number of white babies being born is less than the number of other races. figures from the census bureau in washington show white babies accounted for less than half of all the births in a 12-month period ending last july. hispanic births were at 50.4%. still to come on gmt -- the giant under water turbine is set to catch the current. the brazilian president has asked a truth commission to investigate human rights abuses, including those during military rule. it will examine the period from 1964 to 1985. no trials will result from the findings is due to an amnesty period. >> [speaking foreign language] >> after decades of silence and unanswered questions, brazil is finally facing the truth with the inauguration of a commission. he is among the thousands of brazilians who were arrested and tortured during the military dictatorship. >> [speaking foreign language] >> brazil deserves the truth. the new generation deserves a truce. above all, those who lost friends and relatives deserve the truth
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May 18, 2012 7:00am EDT
-- near a military intelligence building. the united states is suspending most economic sanctions against burma in response to a series of democratic reforms. the measure announced by clinton will allow new companies to invest in burma. restrictions have been relaxed. the first u.s. ambassador in 22 years has been announced. an arms embargo will remain in place. >> this is gmt from "bbc world news." i am stephen sackur. as greece dissolves its parliament, stock markets all across asia and europe over uncertainty about the future of the eurozone. the olympic flame has now been handed to britain in a ceremony in greece and tonight the torture itself will write in england. it will land in a special plane in cornwall. from there, it will spend 70 days winding its way around the uk, probably braving plenty of wind and rain. a colleague grew up in cornwall. it seemed appropriate that we send him home. >> at the moment, we have an absolutely glorious summer day. looking out to the atlantic and talking to people in cornwall, many are thrilled for the beginning of the olympic torch relay. that wil
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May 25, 2012 7:00am EDT
children across the united states. a man has apparently confessed to suffocating the little boy. with two months until the olympic games in london begin, saudi arabia is refusing to include women in its national team. religious conservatives say islamic law prohibits women playing sport in public. countries that have never sent women to the olympic games say their female athletes will compete in london. now, trading in shares in spain's fourth largest bank, bankia has been suspended. this move comes ahead of a board meeting where bankia's new team is going to present a new plan. the struggling bank will then ask the spanish government for at least $15 billion euros to happy it carry out what it calls a clean-up. we're joined by our madrid correspondent. so tom, tell us we're expecting this announcement quite soon are we? >> yeah, just over three hours time dana we'll get a meeting from the board of bankia, the new board. because remember this bank was part nationalized just two weeks ago. it's now part owned by the spanish government. they're the biggest share holder. why is there so much
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May 28, 2012 7:00am EDT
in the united states. today is the turn of the former prime minister to testify before that inquiry. he began by saying that it was the states that should bear the heaviest responsibility for the disaster. he as prime minister should bear that responsibility. he said that japan does did not have the crisis management in place. it was not prepared to deal with three disasters on such a scale. your earthquake, tsunami, and the nuclear crisis at fukushima. this is not a confrontational and counter. the object of this inquiry is to try to get to the bottom of what happened, to establish the sequence of events, and to try to make sure that if japan does turn its nuclear reactors back on earth, they can be run safely and that the country will be better prepared if a nuclear disaster like this were to happen again. >> what was one of rio day most notorious neighborhoods, there was apeac peace run to bring together reformed gang members, members of the community, and police. there was a major operation by police and the army that led to hundreds of arrests last year of hundreds of gang members. this
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May 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
people the gift of sight. chen guangcheng has requested asylum in the united states, saying he fears for its safety. he is currently receiving medical treatment in a beijing hospital. he left the u.s. embassy after nearly a week. secretary clinton is in the discussions with beijing. >> we understand that he is still at the hospital in beijing. he came out of the american embassy yesterday. a deal appeared to have been done. mrs. clinton received assurances from chinese authorities in regard to his safety and that of his family. mr. chong went to the hospital. it appears that he has had a change of heart. according to a report, he spoke with his wife, who he met in the building. she told him that she had been tied to a chair and beaten by chinese authorities while he had been in the u.s. embassy. it appears in that moment mr. chong decided that he and his family needed to. go to to it is not clear whether or not he has spoken to american diplomats about this specific issue, but we have heard from officials. they say that they do want to speak to him to get a clearer picture as to exac
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May 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
, but rodriguez says they were approved of the highest level. >> we went to the president of the united states and the directed us to proceed. >> abu zubayda was water board ed 83 times and it was videotaped. up until now, what was on the tapes had remained a closely guarded secret, but it is a secret no more. i understand they show him vomiting and screaming as he is being water boarded. >> it is not a pretty sight when you are doing this to anybody or using any of these techniques. let's be perfectly honest. >> john was the cia post atop lawyer who made sure the government legalized the techniques. a colleague watched the tapes and reported back. >> he was experiencing some physical difficulties, as you can imagine. >> but the tapes are no more. jose rodriguez destroyed them. they would have been devastating had they ever become public, but he remains unrepentant. >> i am proud of the decisions that i took, including the destruction of the tapes to protect the people who worked for me. i have no regrets. >> peter taylor, bbc news. >> you can see his full report on the world program on friday
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May 17, 2012 5:00am EDT
of a diplomatic row since he fled to the united states -- the american ambassador. -- american embassy. afterwards he said beijing wouldn't guarantee his safety. now he wants to study abroad, a decision supported by america. but as of yet he is yet to get a passport. but here's what he had to say when we spoke to him a little earlier. >> people from the immigration administration department have been here. we had our pictures taken and forms filled out. they said within is 15 days. i think once i get the passport, they should not be bothering with this thing anymore. they didn't promise him they will get the passports. they didn't say we will definitely get passport on a certain day. there was nothing like that toldus to. i can't walk at the moment. my wife also needs afrolve get outside. i believe they wouldn't let me go out even if i can walk. >> well, why is all this taking so long? i think one of the venus beijing doesn't want to be seen as caving into american pressure. it said mr. chen can apply to study abroad like any other ordinary chinese citizen, emphasis on ordinary, so i think beijing
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May 31, 2012 5:00am EDT
to stem the violence. the united states, for example, has imposed new economic sanctions against syria and raised the pressure on russia to withdraw its support for the assad regime. let's go over to beirut now. jim muir is our correspondent in lebanon. jim, perhaps you can just explain for us where the free syrian army lies at the moment in its approach. we had talk of laying down an ultimatum. we've had words of that not being the case. what is the situation? >> well, the free syrian army is very fragmented, and they're on the ground inside syria. it's quite localized in different areas, and then there is voices between people inside and people outside. that seems to be shown up right now, because late on wednesday, we had word from a colonel, who is the commander of the f.s.a. in central syria and has overall command inside the country, him saying that they were setting a 48-hour deadline expiring midday and friday local time for the syrian government to implement kofi annan's plan, especially calling for it to pull troops. but now the overall commander of the f.s.a., who's in turke
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May 23, 2012 12:30am PDT
a car- carrying member of united russia, the party of president vladimir putin. >> this is "new state." -- "newsday." >> millions of egyptians are preparing to cast their votes in the first ever free presidential election. >> european leaders prepare to gather in brussels for a summit focused on the debt crisis and how to boost economic growth. making and selling fake anti- malaria drugs should be treated as crimes against humanity, say the authors of a new study into the problem. the researchers from the u.s. national institutes of health found that over 1/3 of the anti- malaria drugs available in southeast asia and sub-saharan africa are either fake or of such bad quality they can make the problem worse. the study links the cells of fake drugs to drug-resistant malaria which has begun to spread in areas such as cambodia and thailand. we spoke to the head of the malaria program in cambodia for the world health organization. he joins us from the non-penh. how predominant is the distribution and sale of these fake anti-malaria drugs in cambodia? >> i tell you, there is bad news and goo
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